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Facilities management partners of commercial air conditioning users (offices and warehouses to shopping centres and airports) need to be aware of the perfect storm brewing in the industry, according to a specialist hire company.

The company is warning that significant underinvestment in maintenance over recent years, combined with introduction of a new British Standard and the looming R22 deadline, mean the sector could experience a capacity crunch over the next eighteen months, and few businesses will have contingency plans in place.

Published: 6th June 2013
Legal Update June 2013 - Payment in Construction Contracts –A Question Mark?

If you are engaging sub-contractors without an order that complies with the “Construction Act” then “the Scheme for Construction Contracts” applies, but putting the theory into practice raises a question on what happens if a claim for payment is made by a sub-contractor but the main contractor ignores it?

Chris Reeves FCIOB, MCIArb & John Chittenden MCIArb of Humphries Kirk LLP discuss this topic in the downloadable document below...

Published: 5th June 2013

The legionella Consultative Document (CD258) sets out proposals from the HSE to publish an updated Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) on Legionnaire's disease.

The consultation provides an opportunity to comment on whether the draft ACOP text provides legal clarification and proportionate advice on low-risk scenarios.

Accompany guidance provides advice on achieving compliance, information of a general nature, including explanation of the requirements of the law, specific technical information or references to further sources of information.

Published: 5th June 2013
Designing, Building and Operating a Highly Sustainable Building

Coventry University has been emerging as one of the pioneering further education destinations since its status as a University came to fruition in 1992. Their forward thinking approach and commitment to providing the students with high standards of learning spaces has lead to the attainment of many awards. Recognition for their efforts has included winning the 2011 Entrepreneurial University of the Year, 2011 Outstanding Support for Students and they have been named as a first class university of environment and ethical performance in the People and Planet Green League 2012.

Published: 5th June 2013

North West Novus partnered with young construction professional groups in the north west; CIBSE, UDG, NWYP to hold an unusual and interesting CPD event on deafness in the built environment at Turley Associates, Manchester.

Published: 25th March 2013



The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma MP, has today written to the UK construction industry.

Published: 2nd April 2020